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Catholic Daughters of the Americas
Court Prince Gallitzin #2625
Judy Wood, Regent — Altoona

"Be merciful just as your Father is merciful." Luke 6:36 (NRSVCE)

2016 Court Calendar

  • Monthly (third Sunday): Spiritual Intentions Mass a State Court fundraiser (benefiting seminarians at the Pontifical College in Rome) held in our home city of Altoona, Pennsylvania.
  • March: Elect Nominating Committee
  • April: Financial Review; Nominating Committee presents slate of officers; Regent has notice of election with slate of officers sent to all members (at least ten (10) days before election; State Convention (odd years); and, Diocesan Meeting
  • May: Election of officers
  • June: Installation of officers and Priest Appreciation Day (first Sunday)
  • July: National Convention (even years)
  • September: State Workshop and Diocesan Meeting
  • October: Financial Review and CDA Sunday (third Sunday)

Charter

The institution of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Prince Gallitzin #2625, took place at Saint Rose of Lima Parish, at the 5:30 PM Mass, on Saturday, August 22, 2009, on the day of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Catholic Daughters of the Americas Patroness.

Together, in Unity and Charity, we celebrate the past seven (7) years of their court's service to God and His people.


Court #2625 Charter Members
Charter Members

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?"
"Here I am," I said; "send me!"
Isaiah 6:8 (NABRE)

Altoona Parishes

Our court welcomes members from ten parishes throughout the Altoona area, including: The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament | Holy Rosary | Our Lady of Fatima | Our Lady of Lourdes | Our Lady of Mount Carmel | Sacred Heart | Saint Mark | Saint Mary (Immaculate Conception) | Saint Rose of Lima | and Saint Therese the Child of Jesus.

Rosary Beads

Our Court Patron

Servant of God
Apostle of the Alleghenies
Prince Demetrius Gallitzin

Prince Gallitzin was born December 22, 1770 at The Hague and died in Loretto, Pennsylvania on May 6, 1840. His life is one of service to God and His people. It is written that Prince Gallitzin was the first priest to receive all of his orders in preparation for the priesthood in the United States. Today, the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese has taken steps toward the Canonization of Prince Gallitzin.

Spiritual Enhancement Program

Pray in Order to Believe
Believe in Order to Pray 9

Spiritual Enhancement is a part of our national Circle of Love program. At the 2016 56th National Convention our court was one of two courts to receive a Spiritual Enhancement award from over 1,250 courts nation-wide.

Monthly we pray novenas together. Often during our court business meetings members of the spiritual enhancement team offer mini presentations to the membership. To name a few, we've learned about the Scriptural Rosary, Our Lady of Sorrows, and Padre Pia. This year our focus is on the Year of Mercy.

As a court we've gone to Saint Catherine of Siena's Birth of Mary Celebration, celebrating the birth of Mary with a meal, visiting the various displays, saying the Rosary, and Mass with members of our local community and our mother court, Our Lady of the Alleghenies #1755.

Members of our court made and delivered Christmas gifts to residents at a local nursing home, where we also helped to decorate their tree, halls, and common areas.

Spring 2016, hosted by our court and presented by the Carmelite Community of the Word, we joined together for our first retreat, beginning with Mass at 8:00 AM at Saint Therese the Child Jesus and from there we traveled to the Carmelite Community of the Word Campus. Throughout the morning and afternoon our focus was on the Year of Mercy with time for prayer and contemplation and personal expression. The sisters provided a delicious breakfast and lunch.

Where Does Prayer Come From? 9

In naming the source of prayer, Scripture speaks sometimes of the soul or the spirit, but most often of the heart (more than a thousand times). According to Scripture, it is the heart that prays. If your heart is far from God, the words of prayer are in vain (CCC, no. 2562.)

Service Projects

Our service projects encompass many of our national Circle of Love programs, such as Education, Quality of Life, Spiritual Enhancement, and Youth.

Since 2009, giving living witness to the Bible verse, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:40 (NABRE), we participated in a multitude of service projects, to name just a few, ...

Our first project were Haiti birthing kits, which have now been replaced with Haiti maternity kits. The Carmelite Community of the Word ships containers regularly to Haiti and these kits serve two purposes: they benefit the women and children in Haiti with their contents and they help to pad and fill the gaps between the other items in the containers.

In the past few years, we have signed nearly 800 Christmas cards for US soldiers overseas.

The past few years we've hosted a Christmas party, complete with Christmas trees, decorations, snacks, and beverages, providing Christmas presents of warm winter coats, hats, gloves, and clothing; blankets; and, toys for several children.

We've participated in the Simpson-Temple United Parish Love Feast, feeding those in need a full, sit-down meal, served from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. December 27, 2014 we served 77 a meal of tossed salad, roll, butter, lasagna, sweet Italian sausage, meatball, and holiday baked goods for dessert. June 13, 2015 we served 100 a meal of tossed salad, roll, butter, cornflake crumb chicken tenderloins, potato salad, corn, and a choice of cherry, apple, or blueberry pie. November 12, 2016 we served 135 a meal of tossed salad, roll, butter, stuffed shells, sweet Italian sausage, meatball, and a choice of cherry, apple, or blueberry pie.

Locally we've given cash donations to the Humane Society, Birth Right, Saint Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen, and Catholic Charities.

Prayer to Mary to Help Those in Need

Holy Mary,
help those in need,
give strength to the weak,
comfort the sorrowful,
pray for God's people,
assist the clergy,
intercede for religious.

May all who seek your help experience your unfailing protection.
Amen.
All About Mary
University of Dayton

Education Program

Each year our court has been in existence our Education Circle of Love program has sponsored the national education contest. Our National Court defines the time-line, theme, and winning criteria. Our judges select the first three winners in each category and division from the submissions received. First place winners are entered into the state contest. The first place winners of the state contest move on to national. Winners at all three levels (local, state, and national) are awarded a monetary gift. We've had a few place first at state and go on to national.

After the contest our court hosts an awards ceremony for the winners, their families, and the various clergy and support staff of our participating parochial schools and parish religious education programs.

Three winners are named. The first and second place winning participant receives a certificate and cash award and everyone receives a treat bag filled with give-aways donated by local area businesses. After the awards ceremony, the court provides beverages and snacks, most of which are donated from area businesses and court members. Our judges, most professionals in their field, are given a small stipend for their efforts.

The goal isn't really achieving an award, as much as it is understanding and expressing the contest's theme. We are proud of all the thousands of entrants over the past several years.

Entrants are given the choice between two themes. The themes for 2017 are, "What ever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me." Matthew 25:40 or "Helping the needy where I live."

Youth Program

Our Youth Circle of Love Program, another national program, has offered many various programs including tours of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and Stations of the Cross at Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and we've participated with local parish programming, such as youth retreats and outings.

Prayer for Vocations 10

Loving God, your Son, Jesus, has shown us that an open heart finds the way. Help me to find my way in this world. Keep my heart open to following Jesus' way of serving others in love.

Give me the courage to accept the guidance you offer me through my family, my friends, and my parish community.

Through the Holy Spirit, you call me to a particular way of life. If it is the way of a priest, sister, brother or deacon, then help me to walk it in joyful service to your people.

With you, my God, I know I can find my way. Amen.

Fundraisers

Thank you to all who generously participate in our Courts fundraisers! The court truly appreciates your help! As you know, the only way we can do what we do as a court, is by the generous participation of our members, family, and friends in our many fundraising programs. Without the proceeds from these fundraisers, the court would not be able to provide all that it does for our local community and beyond. If you aren't already … please, participate … so Court Prince Gallitzin #2625 can continue to do the good works it does in the name of our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Cash Card Rebate Program
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Reviewed October 18, 2016 Participation Agreement Form

Updated October 18, 2016: Order Form

  • We only accept checks or money orders made payable to: CDA #2625 Cash Cards, from patrons who have a completed Participation Agreement on file. Cash is not accepted.
  • If this is your first time purchasing, please remember to include your completed Participation Agreement (form below). This Program can benefit Court Prince Gallitzin #2625 and the PA State Court!
  • Visit Great Lakes Scrip Center for current participating retailers, current values, rebates, bonus rebates, and guidelines.
  • We order every other week, except in July and August when our court is not in session. Orders are ready for pickup or delivery the following week.

We have (had) multiple fundraisers throughout our charter, such as monthly 50/50 drawings; selling Streak-Free Cloths®; raffles; dining at local restaurants who give a portion of the receipt back to our court, such as Hoss's and TGI Friday's; Hoss's Dinner Kits; and, Boscov's Friends Helping Friends Shopping Passes.

Mission
Catholic Daughters of the Americas strives to embrace the principle of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all. 17
Purpose
The purposes of the THE ORDER are exclusively religious, charitable, and educational. 17
"Serve the Lord with gladness" Psalms 100:2 (NABRE)
Dove ~ May the Holy Spirit Guide your path!